It’s almost impossible to conceive of an era where guys would pour every cent they had into an engine, employ every known speed trick and killer engineering theory to achieve 300hp. Right? I mean think of that. We live in an era where pedestrian passenger cars are making 300hp because they have been detuned to ONLY make that much. We also live in an era where a stock long block engine from the intake manifold down can make 1,100hp on 15psi of boost at barely 6,000 RPM. Oh, the same engine can make 1,000 lb-ft of twist from the first half of the 5,000 RPM range all the way to valve float at 6,100. Nasty!
This test comes from the fertile minds of the guys at Merkel Racing engines and they were simply doing what hot rodders do. They were seeing how far they could get on stock intake, stock heads, stock valve springs, camshaft, pistons, and rods. Yeah, we know that the seasoned among you will be saying, “1,100hp is no big deal with Coyote engines, LS engines, 2JZ engines, and the rest of them making huge power.” Yeah, BUT, the journey to get to the truly astonishing power starts here and when guys start breaking barriers like this with stock parts it boggles the mind where the end product will end up after the performance industry really gets its arms around this thing.